One of the biggest questions coming out of “Avengers: Infinity War” — aside from where in the world could they possibly be going with this — is how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” fits into this whole thing. Next year’s “Captain Marvel” film connects naturally, but the connection with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is far less obvious.
But it felt safe to assume that Marvel Studios wouldn’t follow up the shocker that was the end of “Infinity War” with a totally irrelevant side story — this “Ant-Man” sequel would have to be a key part of this story, especially given Ant-Man’s notable absence from the battle with Thanos. And while Marvel’s marketing for the film has repeatedly thrown out some jokes about the connection, we didn’t have any hard proof until now.
That proof came in a two-minute featurette that Marvel and Disney posted Friday afternoon, titled “Who Is the Wasp?” You can watch that featurette in the video embedded at the top of this post.
In addition to a few new moments of footage related to the missing Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), we get Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, making this declaration:
“‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ also connects directly to ‘Avengers 4.’ These characters are going to be very important going forward.”
So that settles that. Not that there should have ever been any doubt about it, but the way the film’s marketing has played coy about it made it impossible not to wonder.
For some in-depth speculation about what exactly the significance of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be to the greater “Avengers” story, we put together a discussion that you can read right here. Only two more weeks until all our questions are answered — at least in regards to this particular movie. Then we’ll only have nine months to wait for “Captain Marvel” next March.
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